“A Christmas Day Wish” is the theme of this year’s annual Christmas concert presented by the 53-member Salado Community Chorus at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, in the auditorium of First Baptist Church in Salado, 210 S. Main St.

The chorus welcomes a new director this year. Dottie Shirley, a long-time resident of Salado who transitioned into the position last April upon the retirement of Jim Mohon who had directed the chorus for about two years.

This will be Shirley’s first time to direct the group in a public performance.

“The concert is free and open to the public and will feature a variety of holiday music,” Shirley said.

The chorus is comprised of members from not only Salado but also the surrounding communities of Georgetown, Belton, Temple, Killeen, Harker Heights and Nolanville.

Musical selections will include: “Angels We Have Heard,” “The Christmas Song,” “Rise Up, Shepherd,” “I Want a Hippo for Christmas,” ”Santa’s on His Way,” “The Virgin Mary,” “Mary Did You Know,” “All I Want for Christmas,” “Somewhere in My Memory,” “Silver Bells,” “Amen,” “Yuletide Rhythm,” “Winter Wonderland,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Silent Night” and “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Shirley said, “The audience will be asked to join us on the congregational portion of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’ Music will be provided. We especially invite those who’ve sung this work before to be there and sing along. It’ll be like one huge mass choir. It should be exciting.”

For more information, contact Shirley at 254-721-9700 or Chorus President Naomi Roupe at 254-947-8597/254-383-4302.

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